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Analysis: Top 10 Storage Companies in the World

EMC ≠1, but who is ≠2

Here data storage is defined as the activity of recording and retrieving computer data using any form of digital devices (based on magnetic, tape, optical, non volatile solid-state – not RAM -, and subsystems) including all associated connectivity, software and services.

For this ranking we used the companies’ financial results for their fiscal year 2010 – not the calendar year – ending in any month of 2010. We got official figures – no estimations – for all of them for storage only. Their annual revenues are all above $2 billion.

     
Top 10: Storage Revenues in $ million

   FY
ending
in (mo)
 2009  2010  Y/Y
growth
1.  EMC  12 14,026 17,015
21%
2.  Seagate  6  9,805 11,395 16%
3.  WD  6  7,453  9,852  32%
4.  Hitachi GST  12  4,821  6,003  25%
5.  SanDisk  12  3,567  4,827  35%
6.  NetApp 4  3,406  3,931  15%
7.  HP 10  3,473  3,785   9%
8.  HDS + Japan 3   4,149   3,710   -11%
9.  IBM* 12   3,177   3,420      8%
10. Symantec** 3   2,274   2,251    -1%
 TOTAL    56,151  66,189    18%

 
(Compilation by StorageNewsletter)
 
* without Tivoli
 
** based the storage and server management segment and without Huawei Symantec

Since the acquisition of Sun by Oracle, this latter didn’t publish separately its storage revenues but they are probably under $2 billion for its fiscal year ending in May 2010.

All Top 10 saw their sales growing significantly (8% and more) in FY 2010 but HDS and Symantec.

For Hitachi, we only ranks here both wholly-owned subsidiaries Hitachi GST and HDS (including storage systems in Japan). But the Japanese group has two other storage activities: wholly-owned subsidiary Hitachi Maxell in storage media and the joint venture Hitachi-LG Data Storage with LG in optical disc drives. Maxell is at around half billion dollar per year and HLDS is the leader in optical disc drives in the world. Globally, storage may represent more than $10 billion for Hitachi.

This ranking is going to change in 2011. WD has a good chance to surpass Seagate for ≠2 position after completing its acquisition of Hitachi GST. Dell, currently ≠ 11  – with $2,192 million in 2010 vs. $2,400 million in 2009 or a decrease of 9% -, could beat Symantec, ≠ 10, after getting the addition of Compellent and EqualLogic.

But for sure, EMC will remain largely the unquestionable leader, and for several years, thanks its numerous –  and coming? – acquisitions.

Historically, here are the winners’ circle
                     since 1991:

   ≠1 ≠2  ≠3
 1991  IBM Adstar
 Seagate  Memorex Telex
 1992  IBM Adstar  Seagate  Conner
 1993  IBM SSD  Seagate  Conner
 1994  IBM SSD  Seagate  Quantum
 1995  Seagate  IBM SSD  Quantum
 1996  Seagate  Quantum  WD
 1997  Seagate  Quantum  Compaq
 1998  Seagate  Quantum  Compaq
 1999  Seagate  EMC  Quantum
 2000  EMC  Seagate  Maxtor
 2001  EMC  Seagate  Maxtor
 2002  Seagate  EMC  Maxtor
 2003  Seagate  EMC  Hitachi GST
 2004  EMC  Seagate  BenQ
 2005  EMC  Seagate  Hitachi GST
 2006  EMC  Seagate  Hitachi GST
 2007  EMC  Seagate  Hitachi GST
 2008  EMC  Seagate  WD
 2009  EMC  Seagate  WD
 2010  EMC  Seagate  WD

 (Source: StorageNewsletter)

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